England V Estonia
Friday 9th October. 7:45PM. ITV 1
It’s the final week of Euro 2016 qualifiers and Roy Hodgson’s England are already beginning their preparations for next summer’s tournament after qualifying in sensational fashion.
Estonia are the final team to visit Wembley in this qualifying campaign as the Three Lions look to make it nine wins on the bounce. The hosts will be fully expected to win, but the minnows will be quietly optimistic about frustrating Hodgson’s men.
Whatever happens, it a great chance to get a little extra insight in Hodgson’s plans. Come on England!
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Rooney & Co To Continue 100% Record
England have responded magnificently to their World Cup 2014 nightmare and have picked up a perfect 24 points en route to winning Group E. The Three Lions have also netted 26 goals while conceding just three and should be set for another comfortable win at Wembley.
Hodgson has taken the opportunity to call up a couple of fresh faces with the likes of Dele Alli and Danny Ings in the squad. Meanwhile, Jonjo Shelvey and Jamie Vardy will hope to have a chance to give their Euro 2016 hopes a boost.
Captain Wayne Rooney broke Bobby Charlton’s scoring record last month but is a serious doubt for the clash. If he does miss the game, it could be another great opportunity for Harry Kane to stake his claim. At the other end of the pitch, goalkeeper Joe Hart should be in for an easy clean sheet.
It’s hard to learn too much from this exercise, but it’s a good chance for the squad to build a little more confident ahead of November’s more challenging friendlies. Expect a comfortable win for the hosts.
Estonia Out For Historic Result
Despite being a very average side, Magnus Pehrsson’s men head to Wembley still clinging on to their slim hopes of tournament qualification. A return of 10 points is pretty decent for the Estonians, and if they can frustrate England in the same way that they did in Tallinn, they could be in for the biggest night in their history.
As their recent results show, they don’t have much in way of firepower. However, the visitors do boast a sturdy defensive unit having conceded just four in the entire campaign. The timing of the first goal could have a huge significance here.
In reality, the minnows know they won’t qualify for France. However, the opportunity to seal a positive result against England will serve as a huge incentive for a team comprised of players largely based in their domestic league.
The defensive stability could prove to be a good training exercise for England. Ultimately, though, the hosts will prevail. It should be interesting all the same.
England V Estonia Betting
Quite predictably, England enter Friday’s contest as overwhelming favourites at odds of 1/7 with Bet365. Meanwhile, a shock Estonia win can be backed at 18s while the draw is available at 13/2.
Qualification might be in the bag but there’s always pressure on England to beat minnows like Estonia, especially at Wembley.
Meanwhile, opportunities to stake a claim for Euro 2016 are running out and the selected players will want to make a mark. That motivation should help the Three Lions to three points, and we expect them to win by a minimum of two goals.
Bet: England -2 Asian handicap @ 4/5 with BetVictor
With Rooney probably out, the responsibility of goals will be transferred to the young Kane and the Tottenham man will be eager to put in a good performance after his poor start to the current Premier League season.
It’s two from two for the Tottenham man at Wembley so far, and a first home start should give him the perfect opportunity to increase his tally. Don’t be surprised if he nets a brace.
Bet: Harry Kane to score 2+ goals @ 4/1 with Bet365